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Big Preview: Southend United vs Bristol Rovers

1 February 2019

Southend United vs Bristol Rovers...

Blues head into the fixture off the back of a 1-0 defeat to Luton Town and will be looking to put things right against Bristol Rovers.

Historically speaking Blues hold the upper hand against the Pirates, who have a former Blues defender and coach as manager, when going head-to-head with a total of 47 out of the 113 games ending in a win for Blues.

Chris Powell's side are also 11 places and nine points above Graham Coughlan's side, but the visiting side have been tightening up the back in recent weeks.

The Pirates' form has improved since Coughlan took over at the helm, and their away form has been particularly impressive. Their last league defeat on the road came back in December when Rovers visited Sunderland, Coughlan's first game in caretaker charge.

Southend United: LWLWLL

Bristol Rovers: DWLDWD

League One - Saturday 25th August 2018: Bristol Rovers 0-1 Southend United

League One - Saturday 5th May 2018: Southend United 0-0 Bristol Rovers

League One - Saturday 9th December 2017: Bristol Rovers 3-0 Southend United

Powell has confirmed that everyone that was available for the last fixture will be in contention for a place on Saturday.

The Blues boss also stated that Rob Kiernan and Jason Demetriou have been doing some very light training in and amongst the group, but the pair aren't ready for the main bulk of the training sessions.

Harry Lennon is building up his fitness and the manager doesn't want to push any of the players, especially with the likes of Kiernan, who has been out for around 18-months.

Mark Oxley still continues to be out with his back problem, alongside midfielder Harry Bunn and long-term absentees Tom Hopper, Ben Coker, Harry Kyprianou and Sam Barratt.

The Pirates brought in two new players on transfer deadline day who have good experience at this level; Jonson Clarke-Harris and Abu Ogogo. 

Bristol Rovers' midfielder Ollie Clarke has been on form recently for the visitors and the 26-year-old will be looking to make it three goals in three this Saturday.

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Match Report: Southend 1-2 Bristol Rovers

2 February 2019

Southend suffered a third straight home defeat as goals from Liam Sercombe and Gavin Reilly secured Bristol Rovers a 2-1 win at Roots Hall.

Former Blues assistant manager and Rovers boss Graham Coughlan was the mastermind behind the win as the visitors capitalised on mistakes at the back to give them a vital three points.

Rovers opened the scoring when Nathan Bishop was beaten to a long ball over the top, allowing Tom Nichols to tee up Sercombe to score into an empty net.

And as Southend pushed for an equaliser, Rovers caught them on the counter-attack with Nichols again the creator, sliding the ball through to Reilly who calmly slotted home Rovers’ second.

Southend got themselves back into the tie when Dru Yearwood’s dipping shot was mishandled by Jack Bonham, leaving Simon Cox to tap in the rebound to put Blues within one.

Cox then had the ball in the back of the net for a second time after the break but it was ruled out for offside with Southend unable to prevent a third successive loss at home.

The defeat leaves boss Chris Powell still trying to figure out the conundrum that is Southend’s home form as Blues fell a ninth home defeat of the season in the league while Rovers climbed out of the relegation zone as the Gas’ improvement continues under Coughlan.

Following last weekend’s narrow defeat to high-flying Luton Town, Chris Powell went with an unchanged line-up for the visit of Rovers who were unfortunate to concede a late equaliser in their midweek game with Peterborough United.

Despite Bristol’s lowly position in the League One table, the visitors have shown huge signs of improvement since former Blues assistant Graham Coughlan took over after the departure of Darrell Clarke and they made one change, with new-signing Abu Ogogo coming in.

Away from home, the Gas had the best defensive record in the league and Southend struggled to threaten that early on, with Blues having to put their bodies on the line up the other end to stop Gavin Reilly’s effort before John White blocked Liam Sercombe’s rebound.

Rovers’ bright start continued and only a superb double save from Nathan Bishop stopped the visitors going in front inside eight minutes, with the young goalkeeper first saving Ollie Clarke’s strike before somehow saving Reilly’s rebound with a brilliant starfish-style save.

But Bristol’s early dominance wouldn’t go unrewarded as they broke the deadlock midway through the first-half when Tom Nichols beat Bishop to a long ball over the top, teeing up Sercombe who coolly dummied one defender before firing into an empty net to put the visitors in front.

Southend hadn’t been in the game at all up to that point and in an attempt to force their way into it they pushed players forward only to get caught a second time on the counter-attack. Nichols played Reilly in behind before the midfielder slid the ball under Bishop to double Rovers’ lead.

The home fans weren’t being shy about voicing their frustrations, but Blues went into the break with more than a glimmer of hope as Southend got one back. Dru Yearwood’s long-range effort had enough dip on it for Jack Bonham to spill the ball and allow Simon Cox to score from close range.

Chris Powell made a double change at half-time with Michael Kightly and Stephen McLaughlin coming on to help Southend’s push for an equaliser, but Rovers almost immediately restored their two-goal advantage when Reilly rattled the crossbar before Nichols blazed over the rebound.

Blues continued to look susceptible to the counter, but the switch to 4-4-2 overall appeared to give Southend more of a threat going forward and twice they had headers from close range blocked inside the penalty area with Kightly and Cox having good opportunities go begging.

Southend did get the ball in the net for a second time with 20 minutes remaining when McLaughlin’s shot was parried to Cox who tapped in what he thought was his second of the game, but the effort was ruled out by the offside flag to the frustration of the majority inside Roots Hall.

And despite a spirited effort from Southend in the second-half, Rovers stood firm and condemned Southend to a ninth home defeat of the season while Coughlan’s Bristol side climbed out of the relegation zone.

Blues XI: Bishop, Bwomono, Turner (Kightly 46’), Dieng (McLaughlin 46’), Cox, Yearwood, Mantom (C), Moore, Humphrys, Hart (Kelman 81’), White. Subs Not Used: Smith, Klass, Wabo, Hutchinson

Bristol Rovers XI: Bonham, Holmes-Dennis, Lockyer (C), Craig, Sercombe (J Clarke 90+2’), O Clarke, Nichols (Jakubiak 75’), Reilly (Clarke-Harris 59’), Partington, Ogogo, Rodman. Subs Not Used: Smith, Upson, Lines, Osho

Referee: Ollie Yates

Assistants: Rob Smith & Stuart Butler

Fourth Official: Daniel Cook


Southend United: Simon Cox 39’

Bristol Rovers: Liam Sercombe 20’, Gavin Reilly 32’

Yellow Cards:

Southend United: Michael Turner 34’, Sam Hart 58’, Dru Yearwood 62’

Bristol Rovers: Tom Nichols 45+2’, Ollie Clarke 73’, Joe Partington 85’

Attendance: 5,982 (349 Away) 

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Be Part Of It against the Pirates

1 February 2019

Southend United take on Bristol Rovers at Roots Hall in another exciting Sky Bet League One encounter...

Chris Powell's side were defeated 1-0 last weekend by top of the league Luton Town, and will be looking to give the home fans a reaction that will get the crowd going.

The visitors, Bristol Rovers drew 2-2 with Peterborough on Tuesday night and with the club currently sitting 22nd in the table they will be hoping to pick up as many gritty points as they can to stay in the league.

The fixture will be a special one with former Blues Assistant Manager, Graham Coughlan now in permanent charge of the Pirates; following a rather successful interim period with the club which saw the Irish-man win three out of his five games as caretaker manager.

A ticket pricing list can be found by clicking here.

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